Neymar’s “Revenge Porn” was deleted late
The Wall Street Journal explains the inequality on the basis of an article by Neymar. After a woman accused the Brazilian footballer of raping her in 2019, he posted videos on Facebook and Instagram in which he defended himself. He also showed WhatsApp messages that he had exchanged with the woman. You could see not only her name, but also nude pictures of her. Normally “incomprehensible intimate pictures” would be deleted without any problems, but instead XCheck prevented the moderation team from doing exactly that. Before it was then deleted after a decision by Facebook management, 56 million accounts had seen the content and it had been shared 6,000 times. Despite the spread of “Revenge Porn”, Neymar’s account was able to remain active.
Millions of accounts are protected in this way, and most Facebook employees are likely to add some. What leads to deletion or even blocking for “normal” users often has no consequences for them. In 2020 alone, XCheck allowed posts that were viewed at least 16.4 billion times before they were then deleted. These details originate according to the Wall Street Journal from documents that made it clear that Facebook was aware of the many shortcomings on its own platform. Some went not only to the newspaper, but also to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. A Facebook spokesman recognized the criticism, but also described the information as out of date. The newspaper is already announcing further revelations.